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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

Upcoming Events

May 2016

Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal

May 7 - November 13
Lucile

She came from Guelph. She dazzled the world. She survived the Titanic. Meet Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, the fashionista of her day - inventor of the fashion show, creator of respectable scanty lingerie, and designer to the rich and famous. For the first time ever in Canada, see Lucile gowns, lingerie and accessories on loan from museums and private collections from around the world. Lucile gowns, hats, and lingerie will be displayed in a room that evokes her Paris salon.…

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Snap a ‘Guelphie’ Selfie

May 12 - August 28

Available until August 28

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Recent Donations

May 12 - August 28

Available until August 28.

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July 2016

Wall of Art: Girl Power

July 4 @ 9:00 am - October 2 @ 5:00 pm

We asked local artists to create works inspired by the theme Girl Power. We received a number of submissions, which portray the theme in a variety of ways, and the exhibition showcases the unique perspectives behind 'girl power'. Wall of Art: Girl Power is available until October 2, 2016. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council.  

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August 2016

Museum Camp

August 22 - August 26

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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Museum Camp

August 29 - September 2

Discover, create, and learn together during this week-long day camp for children six to ten years old. The camp takes place right here at the Civic Museum, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm. Weeks available are: August 15 to 19 August 22 to 26 August 29 to September 2 Registration is online at regexpress.guelph.ca and is $167 per person.

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September 2016

Tiny Tot Thursdays: Summer Memories

September 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Drop-in for organized songs, crafts, and games on the first Thursday of each month. Programming for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. This month's theme is Summer Memories! Upcoming Tiny Tot Thursdays: October 6 - Fall Harvest November 3 - Pajama Party

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$30

Lucile – A Titanic Life

September 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Back by popular demand! Through song and story, Hugh Brewster and friends will tell the amazing story of Lady Duff Gordon, a girl from Guelph who became the most famous fashion designer of her day, and survived the sinking of the Titanic. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

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Fourth Friday: Olivia Borkosky

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a free concert at Guelph Civic Museum - this month featuring Olivia Borkosky! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Civic Museum after 5PM, and a free performance at 7PM. Upcoming Fourth Fridays: October 28: Norman Liotta November 25: Royal City Ambassadors  

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Lucile Lecture Series: Marlis Schweitzer

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Marlis Schweitzer as she presents Patriotic Acts of Consumption: Lucile and the vaudeville fashion show craze. Upcoming lectures: October 2: Tracy Gordon - Pinched and Padded, Laced and Layered: How Lucile helped set women free. October 16: Jonathan Walford - Suffragettes to Flappers: Fashion in the 1910s. November 13: Hugh Brewster: How a Girl from Guelph Astonished the World. The Lucile Lecture Series is an extension from the exhibition, Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal. 

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School’s Out, Museum’s In – PD Day

September 30
|Recurring Event (See all)
Once on October 28, 2016,
and Once on November 25, 2016

Feel free to sleep in a little bit... but then join us for lots of great activities all day long!

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FREE

Culture Days: A Stitch in Time

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
Daily until October 1, 2016

Stitch, embroider, bead and mend like Lucile with the Canadian Embroiderers Guild Guelph. Enjoy free admission to Guelph Museums all day, all weekend long in celebration of Culture Days.

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October 2016

Lucile Lecture Series: Tracy Gordon

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Tracy Gordon as she presents Pinched and Padded, Laced and Layered: How Lucile helped set women free. Upcoming lectures: October 16: Jonathan Walford - Suffragettes to Flappers: Fashion in the 1910s. November 13: Hugh Brewster: How a Girl from Guelph Astonished the World. The Lucile Lecture Series is an extension from the exhibition, Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal. 

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Wall of Art: Rites of Passage

October 4, 2016 @ 9:00 am - January 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Wall of Art: Rites of Passage will run October 4, 2016 to January 8, 2017. Wall of Art is a quarterly juried art show produced in partnership with Guelph Arts Council. Submissions for this exhibition are not yet being accepted. Please see the list of important dates below: August 16: Call for submissions September 12: Submissions due Week of September 19: Selection September 27-30: Art drop off October 3: Install October 28: Reception January 10-13: Art pickup  

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: Fall Harvest

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Drop-in for organized songs, crafts, and games on the first Thursday of each month. Programming for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. This month's theme is Fall Harvest! Upcoming Tiny Tot Thursdays: November 3 - Pajama Party

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Lucile Lecture Series: Jonathan Walford

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Jonathan Walford as he presents Suffragettes to Flappers: Fashion in the 1910s. Upcoming lectures: November 13: Hugh Brewster: How a Girl from Guelph Astonished the World. The Lucile Lecture Series is an extension from the exhibition, Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal. 

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Military Lecture Series: Alex Souchen

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alex Souchen, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, presents Drowned at Sea: Canada's Ammunition Dumping Program, 1944-1947. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation. Upcoming Military Lectures: November 17 - Kandace Bogaert, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, presents He Hears the Guns Again: The Post-War experiences of mental trauma among Canadian First World War Veterans.

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$15

Harvest Tea

October 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a seasonal harvest tea, with scones, cream, fresh fruit, and great company. There will be two seatings: 1PM and 3PM. Tickets are $15+HST and can be purchased online.

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$15

Harvest Tea

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a seasonal harvest tea, with scones, cream, fresh fruit, and great company. There will be two seatings: 1PM and 3PM. Tickets are $15+HST and can be purchased online.

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Fourth Friday: Norman Liotta

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a free concert at Guelph Civic Museum - this month featuring Norman Liotta! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Civic Museum after 5PM, and a free performance at 7PM. Upcoming Fourth Fridays: November 25: Royal City Ambassadors

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November 2016

Tiny Tot Thursdays: Pajama Party!

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Drop-in for organized songs, crafts, and games on the first Thursday of each month. Programming for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. This month's theme is a Pajama Party!

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Lucile Lecture Series: Hugh Brewster

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Hugh Brewster as he presents How a Girl from Guelph Astonished the World.   The Lucile Lecture Series is an extension from the exhibition, Lucile: Fashion. Titanic. Scandal. 

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Military Lecture Series: Kandace Bogaert

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kandace Bogaert, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, presents He Hears the Guns Again: The Post-War experiences of mental trauma among Canadian First World War Veterans. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.

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Home for the Holidays

November 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am - January 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, New Year. Guelph residents share their holiday traditions.

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Fourth Friday: Royal City Ambassadors

November 25 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with a free concert at Guelph Civic Museum - this month featuring Royal City Ambassadors! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Civic Museum after 5PM, and a free performance at 7PM.

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Ken Danby: Five Decades

November 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - January 15, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Danby

From November 25, 2016 to January 15, 2017 the Guelph Civic Museum will present an exhibition titled Ken Danby: Five Decades. Guelph artist Ken Danby is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished realist artists. This exhibition will feature his portraits, landscapes, and iconic Canadian imagery including studies for the Wayne Gretzky portrait, The Great Farewell, Calgary Stampede, Niagara Falls, and Guelph Carousel among others. Danby methodically restored local Armstrong’s Mill to a living and studio space-this environment became the…

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